Monday, December 31, 2012

Love after Love

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

-- Derek Walcott

More on Jon Kabat-Zinn and his science of mindfulness here.


Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a beautiful blog. May I become a follower?

Have a happy New Year!


materfamilias said...

This has long been a favourite poem of mine -- thanks for the reminder!